Report: Mike Martz Interviews with Browns


The Cleveland Browns search for an offensive coordinator took an interesting turn today as a report came out that the team has interviewed Mike Martz:

Martz was the man in charge of the Greatest Show on Turf with the St. Louis Rams, as the offensive coordinator in 1999 and as the Head Coach until 2005. Since then he was the offensive coordinator for the Detroit Lions, San Francisco 49ers and Chicago Bears.

He has been out of coaching since leaving the Bears in 2011. He announced his retirement from coaching in Janurary of 2012.

Yet here he is accepting an interview with the Browns. Martz’s offenses were early versions of spread offenses and is far less run oriented than it seems Mike Pettine wants to run. Air Coryell offense is the same base system that Norv Turner likes to run except Martz’s version emphasizes the tight end far less.

Martz likes his quarterbacks to be able to move around in the pocket, can get the ball down the field and gets the ball in his receivers hands quickly. Marshall Faulk had success in Martz’s offense but more off of the pass game setting up the run as well as in the screen game.

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For the Browns it seems they are going to take a wide sweeping attack to find the best offensive coordinator available. From early reports that Charlie Weis had already been contacted, before Kyle Shanahan was let go, and now Martz’s name. John DeFilipo and Marc Trestman seem to be the front runners at this point in time but anything is possible.

What has been clear is that Mike Pettine is running the search and will make the decision that he feels is best for his team. Complimentary football is vital. With Peyton Manning on their team the Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos sought complimentary defenses to attack opposing offenses that were likely forced to throw. Pettine is likely to try go find an offense that can compliment the defense and solid offensive line that they have.

What do you think about Mike Martz interviewing for the Offensive Coordinator position?

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